My Child - Speech and Language Therapy
My child is having difficulties talking:
If you are concerned about your child’s Speech and Language development please follow the links below, which will allow you to check the progress of your child.
These three sites will also give you some helpful advice about improving your child’s communication skills.
These websites have information on stammering including when it begins, why it happens and where you can go to get further guidance and support. The top tips section will give you some ideas which you can start using right away. The advice sheet includes some further ideas to think about and information for those children who are growing up learning more than one language. Click on the link below to visit the websites:
My child has selective mutism:
SMIRA was set up initially to support families with selectively mute (SM) children. It also provides information to health and education professionals involved in the upbringing of such children and young people. It is intended to give those with SM, their parents and professionals an opportunity to feel less isolated and share ideas with others who have experienced similar problems in either home, school or treatment situations. Click on the link below to visit the website:
My child has a cleft palate:
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is a national charity dedicated to all those with and affected by cleft lip and/or palate in the UK. It supports families from the moment of diagnosis and helps them through any difficulties they have before and after the birth of their child. It provides a specialist feeding service as well as targeted information and a national network of trained volunteers providing one-to-one emotional support and local events and meet-ups. Click on the link below to visit the website:
My child has a hearing impairment:
The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
My child's speech is difficult to understand:
My Child Has Special Needs
If your child has special needs and you would like to find more about their diagnosis and how you can support their communication skills. These websites may be of use to you. Click on the links below to visit the websites:
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is a British charity for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including Autism and Asperger Syndrome. The purpose of the organisation is to improve the lives of people with Autism in the United Kingdom.
Afasic supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.
BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and wants people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect. Their services help develop the organisations who provide services, and the people who give support. That way it plays a part in making sure people are supported with dignity and respect and can make choices and decisions about their lives.
This website will support you to find answers to questions that are often asked about Down’s Syndrome. This information will help you to separate the facts from some common misconceptions. If you do not find what you are looking for you can ring their helpline and speak to one of their specialist advisors.